VSD workshop coming up soon!

The VSD workshop will be held in conjunction with the Critical Alternatives Conference in Aarhus on August 17, 2015. Practical information about the conference venue, getting there and away as well as accommodation can be found here. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Charting the Next Decade for Value Sensitive Design Workshop | Aarhus 2015

This workshop brings together scholars of human-centered computing, computer sciences, intelligent systems, ethics, philosophy and related fields to critically discuss their experiences, case studies and critical reflections of using value sensitive design (VSD) and setting the agenda for VSD in the next decade. The workshop intends to:

  • Build a network of support between the novice and expert researchers in VSD
  • Discuss and critique various adaptations and appropriations of VSD
  • Explore differences in VSD methods for short versus long term projects
  • Discuss opportunities for collaboration among the community (e.g. establishing an online VSD repository)
  • Reflect on the last 20 years of VSD research and create a roadmap for VSD in the coming decade

Value Sensitive Design is a well-established design framework for accounting for designers’ and stakeholders’ values in ICT design. With the growth of the world-wide VSD community in the last 20 years, the framework has matured, a multitude of VSD-specific methods have been developed and design cases in diverse domains (e.g. medical applications, homelessness, urban planning, robotics) have been carried out. This is a good time to take a step back, reflect on the achievements of the last 20 years and discuss open issues and new directions for the future. In particular, it is our intention to strengthen the VSD community across different countries and disciplines, support novice researchers in the field, and work towards a shared repository of VSD theories and practices.

While VSD has proven to be a guiding methodology for the design of ICT systems that go beyond mere usability and user experience, new challenges lie ahead. With the ongoing changes from personal computing to large networked systems and computation embedded into the environment we need to shift our focus from single user values to social values. Working together across disciplines on value sensitive solutions in the age of ubiquitous computing is indispensable and setting the roadmap for this endeavor is one of the foci of this workshop.

The following list reflects (but is not limited to these) possible topics for workshop papers:

  • VSD cases highlighting: designing for a particular value, aspects of the design process, VSD in particular domains (healthcare, intelligent systems, robotics, multi-lifespan computer systems…)
  • Lessons learned/ Critical reflection on VSD in the last 20 years
  • New methods for discovering, communicating, trading-off values
  • Evaluations of VSD processes and resulting technologies
  • Values in emerging ICTs (e.g. interpretive flexibility, infinite number of ethical problems due to many possible futures)
  • VSD’s role in Big Data Sciences, e-Social Sciences and Digital Humanities
  • VSD in the age of pervasive/ubiquitous computing (smart homes, smart cities, Internet of things, quantified self…)
  • VSD’s role in informing policy-making
  • Revealing areas and opportunities for future directions
  • Ideas for VSD practice across institutions
  • Perspectives for future large-scale applications of VSD
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